Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Leo Whitt

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 1985

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Reflections for Trooper Leo Whitt

Leo you were a great man. I loved talking to you. You helped me have faith in making decisions and overall my fellow men

Peace and love

July 30, 2019

Leo you were a great man. I loved talking to you. You helped me have faith in making decisions and overall my fellow men

Peace and love

July 30, 2019

Once again Leo, we remember and honor you for the work you did and the life you lived in Prince George county VA...

Anonymous

April 12, 2019

Back in 1972 I was 16 years old. I got pulled over a couple times by Leo on some small traffic infraction. He told me life was like a baseball game and 3 strikes you are out. He let me go on the first two times. I don't remember what they were, something like a expired inspection sticker. Then I did something again, took my tags off one car and put them on another. He took my license plates and told me he wouldn't give them back till I legally transferred them.

It took me a week to get the money so every afternoon l would walk to work about a 3 mile trip and every afternoon he would happen to be in the neighborhood and give me a ride to work most of the times in his own vehicle.


Sometimes when l am out and find a older state policeman l always ask if they knew him and a sometimes l find one old enough to remember him. They always say nice things about him because he was a nice guy. He will be remembered.

Mike Daggett

January 3, 2019

To Andrew Sanborn, we are so thankful for all that you did that horrible night thirty three years ago. Everything about that night was horrific for my family. The one thing that helped was the knowledge that the killer had been caught. We were in a trooper's car very late at night making a long ride from MCV hospital. I don't think he ever made it there despite a report on local news that he had. Word came over the radio that the search for the killer was over. You helped make this happen and we are indebted for that. I feel so sorry for families when the earthly justice is never seen.

Thank you to all who still remember my dad. We were shown much support and friendship by so many at our most difficult time. Kind deeds such as those are never forgotten. Andrew, please know we are grateful to you and wish you all the best in all that is ahead for you.

Angela

April 12, 2018

Andrew Sanborn you absolutely did the right thing that night and in respect of Officer Whitt, R.I.P. My great man. Andrew you heart should not be burdened, you did the best you could do!

LHS

March 14, 2018

Please Andrew Sanborn do not be troubled by your past. I am praying you will be comforted by the God who sees and cares and makes all things new! Please know that you are not under condemnation, you are FREE. The guilty will pay but you are not in this class. You are a favored one of God, please know the world is held captive by a prince of masquerade, a true leader of the dark world, but you are a child of light. Please keep seeking how to live into this role of child of the light, this is your true identity.

David J.
Caring

February 25, 2018

Please Andrew Sanborn do not be troubled by your past. I am praying you will be comforted by the God who sees and cares and makes all things new! Please know that you are not under condemnation, you are FREE. The guilty will pay but you are not in this class. You are a favored one of God, please know the world is held captive by a prince of masquerade, a true leader of the dark world, but you are a child of light. Please keep seeking how to live into this role of child of the light, this is your true identity.

David J.
Caring

February 25, 2018

I am the hitchhiker Andrew Sanborn who reported this wrong and very unfortunate incident. Over the years I have thought about ways I could have have helped to prevent this from happening. I was to afraid to interfere with the whole situation. I still have terrible dreams about this to this day. If I was braver I might have saved Mr.Whitt. I was thinking I'm gone to get killed. Which was selfish I know.I never did stop thinking about how officer Shirt did not deserve what Mr. Beaver did to him. My heart goes out to all of his family and co-workers. I know this was a very good man who did not deserve to die like that. I am glad I took the time to make sure Mr. Beaver did not get away with it. I could have got out at Hardee's Burger and kept hitchhiking. I know I made the right choice though. I am still very sorry I was not brave enough to try and save the man. That is something I live with and am bothered by till this day. God bless Trooper Whitt all who knew him. Sincerely Andrew Sanborn.

Andrew Sanborn
Eye witness

August 24, 2017

April always holds bittersweet memories for me--it's the month of my mother's birthday and the month Leo was killed in the line of duty.

Rest in peace Leo and Mom and know that I will be seeing you both again one of these old days.

C. Robin Crush
Family Friend

April 14, 2017

I was working as a Waverly police officer the night Leo was killed and heard a citizen's call for help that he made on the police radio. I remember we all looked for the shooter that night and was very relieved when an arrest was made later that night in Henrico county. I attended the trial of the murderer and later attended his execution where he was given a lethal injection.
I can honestly say that Trooper Whitt was an excellent role model and he always struck me as a true gentleman and was an excellent representative for the Virginia State Police. We all respected and will always miss Trooper Leo Whitt.

Special Agent Jim Croft
Virginia Conservation Police

April 12, 2017

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE

N.J. TROOPER (RETIRED)
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

February 5, 2017

Thinking of you Leo, on this the 31st anniversary of your death.

C. Robin Crush

April 12, 2016

Austin

I don't have any stories, and I never knew your grandfather, but I have been in Law Enforcement now for over 17 years and can reflect on the type of person he was. Your grandfather was a great man of high moral character, and someone who took his job and oath to heart. Your grandfather understood what it meant to give 110 percent of yourself, everyday! He may have been taken from this world too soon, but it's only because God needed a great man to walk with Him in heaven to watch over all of us, and most of all to watch over you and your family. There is no greater gift than to lay your life down at the protection of others. Your grandfather was and quite frankly still is, a HERO. God bless you and your family!

Detective Charles Hicking
Vernon Police, Vernon, CT

April 1, 2016

Leo is my grandfather, and I am his first grandchild. His life was taken 3 years before I was born. It is because of him that I hold our LEOs in high regard. Every time I encounter VSP, I notice the respect, politeness, and professionalism of each VSP officer. They are unlike any other locality in Va.

It saddens me everytime I see something like this in the news. I never knew him. Please post what stories you have. I never had a chance to meet him. I would like to hear the stories.

Austin Nicol
Grandchild

March 26, 2016

As a green teenager in the early 70's who wanted a cheap mode of transportation, I purchased an old VW bug from a mechanic at a dealership in Petersburg. I paid $500 for it. The mechanic said the title to the car would be mailed to me. As time passed, of course, no title ever came.
As fathers do, my dad warned me not to buy the car without a title, but of course I didn't listen to him. Leo was our neighbor, and I asked him if I could do anything about it. He said, " Don't worry about it." Long story short, Leo told the mechanic to produce a title or buy the car back from me and that's what the man did. I learned two lessons from that incident,1. Listen to your father, he has your best interest at heart and 2. Never underestimate the influence of a Va. State Trooper in uniform!
He had a great laugh, and is truly missed.

Cathy Martin Hall
Family friend

October 15, 2015

Trooper Whitt was in the Academy with me in 1964. He was a very mild mannered person and a good friend.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

September 23, 2015

Thirty years ago today but still so hard to bear. Grief left a hole in our lives so deep and wide.

Take care all of you great defenders of law and safety. We are indebted to you. Thank you for your service.

Rest in peace Trooper Whitt.

Anonymous

April 12, 2015

I began my shift today, much like the countless other shifts I have worked in my nearly 27 years as a Virginia State Policeman. Except today I traveled to Prince George County, some two hours from my current assignment. I traveled there to attend a bridge dedication for Trooper Leo Whitt at a rest area at mm 37 I-95 N. I never met Leo, but his connection to my family has seemed somewhat surreal since his untimely death nearly 30 years ago. My father (VSP retired) was a shift partner of Leo's back in the mid 1960's. Shortly after his murder, Leo's widow married my great uncle who had suddenly lost his wife of 35 years. While I was afforded seating in the "family section", somehow every single soul there seemed like family. For some reason I have always thought of Leo as a "young Trooper", when in reality he was 49 at the time of his death, and would have been 78 years old today. To hear the heartfelt tribute fellow Troopers and friends gave today; some 30 years after this tragedy made me especially proud to be part of the family affectionately known as "Virginia's Finest!" If you find yourself traveling through the Commonwealth of Virginia on Interstate 95 N. South of our state capital, Richmond, in the vicinity of mm 37 will be a bridge dedicated to Trooper Leo Whitt....please give a salute, honk your horn, or merely glance toward the heavens.......for I am quite sure an Angel will be there to acknowledge your gesture. RIP Trooper Leo Whitt, it has been much too long of a time coming, may GOD bless the peacemakers in Blue.

First Sergeant Ken S. Keesee
Virginia State Police

July 18, 2014

RIP Trooper Whitt. I Attend the VSP 41st session in 1964 with Leo. I will always remember him. May God watch over is Family and all LE.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

March 12, 2014

Twenty-eight years ago today, Leo. Still seems like only yesterday...I think of you often. You remain an inspiration.

Retired
Colleague

April 12, 2013

Rest in peace Trooper Whitt. I was at the Academy at the same time with Leo, 41st Basic Training Session in 1964. He will be missed by everyone that met him. May God watch over his Family left behind. Thank you for for your many years of dedicated service.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

March 31, 2013

The most horrific night of my life: I was a sheriff's deputy who was sitting in the ER with a prisoner (drunk) who needed stitches when some of my ER nurse friends started whispering about a state trooper who'd been shot in the face on the interstate during a stop and who was en route to the ER. Never in my life would I have guessed that it was my family's friend and mentor from Prince George, some 40 miles south of Richmond. After working on him in the trauma suite for over 30 minutes, an attending nurse finally came by the room I was waiting in and told me the trooper's name was Whitt, she'd seen it on his silver name tag...my heart fell to my feet and I can still remember, after all these years, the lump that suddenly appeared in my throat...as soon as I got back to the city jail with my stitched up prisoner, I called my mother at 2 o'clock in the morning and told her that Leo had been killed while in the line of duty. When I got off work at 8am that morning (that was the longest shift of my life), my mother was waiting for me at her home in Hopewell, where we rode together to the Whitt home across from Prince George HS...I will never forget the funeral and the thousands of police officers who came from as far away as Maine, for Leo's funeral...I choked back tears the entire time. Also, I'm still grateful that the Sheriff's Dept. allowed me to be in the Honor Guard at Leo's funeral...it was a terribly emotional time but one that I will never forget...RIP Leo, you will always be missed and never forgotten...

C. Robin Crush (nee' Lancaster)
Family friend

April 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflection.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 12, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 12, 2010

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